Austin Gipsy Fire Engine and Trailer 1961

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Lot No: 44

At a Glance:

Year Make Model Mileage ESTIMATED SALE PRICE
1961 Austin Gipsy Fire Engine 14,295 (Not Warranted Speedo Stuck) £9,000 - 10,000


This Austin Gipsy is a unique fully equipped fire engine that was first registered to the famous Bertram Mills Circus. Also included in the sale is a fire trailer based on an Austin 7 chassis and built by apprentices at the Longbridge factory.
It is understood that the restored fire trailer, which is equipped with the necessary gear to fight fires, was towed behind a vehicle at the Austin Motor Company prior to the Second World War. It was decided by a previous owner, after purchasing the Gipsy, that it would be appropriate to fit the trailer to the fire unit.
When in service for the circus, the Austin Gipsy was transported around the country by train, along with the other fleet vehicles, lorries, trailers, caravans and even animals. This vehicle also featured in the book “Bertram Mills – The Circus that Travelled by Train”.
637 CLP was then sold at auction in 1966 to The Trading Post Ltd of London, a film props hire company. The Austin then passed through two further ownerships before being purchased as an unfinished project in 2007. A comprehensive photographic restoration followed, not only of the vehicle itself, but also of the fire fighting equipment and the Coventry Climax pump. Lastly, a correct type engine was installed which has only covered a small mileage since. The vehicle was then purchased by the current owner in March 2016.
A sizable history is supplied with this historic commercial, which includes current registration book, the RF60 registration book, old MOT certificates, various posters and articles on the circus, correspondence, a rare sales brochure, images and restoration photographs.

Full Details:

Lot No. 44
Auction 28th April 2017 - 91% SOLD
Vehicle Make Austin
Vehicle Model Gipsy Fire Engine
Year of Manufacture 1961
Mileage 14,295 (Not Warranted Speedo Stuck)
Registration 637CLP
Date first Registered 1961
MOT 15-03-18
Chassis Number 8152
Engine Number 39-3899
Estimated Sale Price £9,000 - 10,000

Please note: Current engine and chassis numbers are supplied by HPI. Prospective buyers are advised to satisfy themselves as to the condition of a vehicle and the accuracy of any statement made, be they statements of fact or opinion. All vehicles are sold as seen. If you cannot attend the auction please contact the office for a walk around description over the phone.

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